Ken & Sherry Ford
- Our Local
- Our Reach
- Our Self
Ken and Sherry Ford serve in the small, rural town of Matlock, in northwest Washington. The area, with a population of about 1,500 people, is known for its logging industry as well as farming and ranching.
Residents of Matlock come from all walks of life. Most reside there for the slower pace and rural lifestyle. With few opportunities for work in Matlock, many people are retired or commute to other towns such as Shelton, Elma, or Olympia. The community has a small country store, a post office, Grange Hall, Mary M. Knight K-12 school, fire department, and a church that has been there for eighty-one years.
After seeing the need in their community and being asked to help with the youth group, the Fords began ministering through Matlock Community Church. Four years later they were asked to paster the church. Ken began serving as pastor there in 2015. He and Sherry lead Bible studies, marriage studies, one-on-one mentoring, and discipleship. The church has a food bank outreach that serves an average of 950 to 1,000 people a month. The church also reaches out through picnics, concerts, and special holiday gatherings throughout the year.
Ken is also a chaplain for Central Mason Fire and EMS, where he responds throughout Mason County to families in times of spiritual need, as well as the fire family. With more than two decades of experience as a firefighter and police officer, he knows firsthand the stress of the job. “First responders see much more tragedy in a few short years of their careers than most people see in a lifetime,” Ken writes. Many times these experiences lead to a crisis of faith. The chaplain ministry is "a ministry of presence" where Jesus' love and compassion is shown more than talked about. Through those actions of showing Jesus' love, doors open to the gospel for many.
The Fords served InFaith as volunteers for four years and then as field staff since 2010.
Ken was a firefighter and police officer in both the county and city of San Diego, California for twenty-three years. After retiring from the police service, the Fords were led by God to move to the Northwest. Shortly thereafter ministry began to happen. Since the move, Ken has received a bachelor's degree in Theology, and a master’s degree in Biblical studies.
Ken and Sherry have two adult boys, one daughter-in-law, and six grandchildren. Their boys and daughter-in-law all serve in their local churches.